"Seriously, though, why doesn't the OP buy the marriage certificate? This
will reveal both the name of the man Ellen Rossiter married and her
father's name, unless she was illegitimate. I think he will have to explain
that there is probably an error in the FreeBMD entry and that possibly
page 74 could be 94. However, if he orders online from the GRO there is
a facility for putting checking references and if the certificate doesn't
match he will get some of his money back.
At risk of being accused of being a bit of a grumpy old Victor Meldrew (!),
I confess that I do get rather irritated occasionally with people trying to do
their family history on the cheap by begging off others for information.
Surely if a hobby is worth pursuing - and genealogy and family history
undoubtedly is - we should be willing to spend a bit of money on it now
and then, just like any other hobby. A marriage certificate only costs
seven pounds and if you really want to discover the information on it, then
you have to bite the bullet and buy it. Or am I wrong about this?"
I agree with Roy Stockdill in general but perhaps not in particular. I think if one makes
a habit of asking for look-ups on every enquiry one is probably taking the Mickey
somewhat, but speaking personally I can also see someone's point.
I have ancestors scattered across several counties and although I would like to be able to
join the Notts, Cumbria, Lancs., Yorks and Derbyshire FHSes, and buy their BMD CDs, I
can't afford to -- even though I earn pretty good money. I already spend 10 quid a
month or so on Ancestry subscription. I do as much research as I can via Ancestry and via
good old-fashioned figuring it out on paper. I live in Canada, and therefore am unwilling
to shell out postage on speculative requests for certificates. At 7 quid a pop, plus
postage, I'd like to make pretty certain that a certificate is the one I want -- or at
least likely to be.
Like (I assume) most who do this sort of thing, I am trying to trace my family history
while working full-time, paying a mortgage, raising children, paying exorbitant petrol
prices, and generally keep body and soul together. I certainly can't afford to be
throwing money at it willy-nilly -- and I'm not sure I would use "only" and
"seven pounds" in the same sentence.
On occasion I have asked for help, and on occasion I've been able to help others.
Isn't that what life's supposed to be about?